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No Sparks Fly: Policy Participants Agree on Thinning Trees in the Lake Tahoe Basin

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This article reports an analysis of mail-in questionnaires of policy participants in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The results show all stakeholder affiliations are concerned about the severity of fire risk relative to other important issue areas in the Basin, support thinning trees to reduce fire risk, and are skeptical that thinning trees will have adverse effects on scenic resources in the Basin. Support for thinning tress is strong among stakeholders with pro-development beliefs and with advanced degrees but is minimally influenced by owning property in the Basin.

Keywords: Lake Tahoe Basin; environmental management; fire risk; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; policy participants; thinning trees

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Ph.D. Candidate Department of Environmental Science and Policy University of California, Davis Davis CA 95616, Email: 2: Professor Department of Environmental Science and Policy University of California, Davis Davis CA 95616, Email: 3: Research Social Scientist Sierra Nevada Research Center USDA Forest Service Davis CA 95616, Email:

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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